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PDL Top Prospects: Seniors & Juniors

11/03/2017, 12:00pm EDT
By USLPDL.com Staff

Bakero, Atuahene headline top upperclassmen with PDL experience

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TAMPA, Fla. - With the 2017 college regular season wrapping up and the post-season beginning in earnest, a number of 2017 PDL players continue to make an impact - including veterans leading their teams in their third or fourth seasons on campus.

Based on their combined performances in PDL competition over the summer as well as throughout the 2017 collegiate campaign, a total of 40 upperclassmen have been chosen as the top representatives of their respective classes.

Carolina Dynamo and Wake Forest forward Jon Bakero leads the 20-player seniors list amid a spectacular season for the No. 2 PDL Top Prospect from the final list of the PDL season. Also of note are another pair of Top Prospects from the most recent list, as Brian White (New York Red Bulls U23/Duke) and Jose Carrera-Garcia (FC Golden State Force/California) join Bakero as senior representatives.

The junior list is headlined by Michigan Bucks standout and University of Michigan forward Francis Atuahene, as the No. 4 Top Prospect led the Wolverines to a Big Ten regular-season title. Joining Atuahene from the previous Top Prospect list are Tate Schmitt (FC Tucson/Louisville), Brad Dunwell (Michigan Bucks/Wake Forest), Ryan Williams (Charlotte Eagles/John Brown), Santiago Patino (SIMA Aguilas/Florida International), James Pyle (Charlotte Eagles/UNC-Chapel Hill) and Ryan Sierakowski (Chicago FC United/Michigan State).

Check out the top-10 seniors and juniors below and click here to view the full lists for all classes.

SENIORS

Rank

Name

Position

College

PDL Team

Notables

1 Jon Bakero Forward No. 2 Top Prospect on final list of 2017. Dynamo alum leads DI with 13 assists and is top 11 with 11 goals, ranked 2nd nationally with 35 points while leading Wake Forest to ACC regular-season title.
2 Brian White Forward No. 1 Top Prospect on the final list of 2017. The Red Bulls U23 forward leads Duke with 9 goals this year, and won the PDL Golden Boot and MVP this summer with 17 goals in 14 matches, leading the Red Bulls U23 to a division title.
3 Jose Carrera-Garcia Forward No. 26 Top Prospect on the final list of 2017. Leads California with 7 assists this season, in addition to 4 goals. Lead FC Golden State Force to a division title with 6 goals and 2 assists this summer.
4 Alan Winn Forward Leads UNC - Chapel Hill with 9 goals this fall in ACC Coastal Division title-winning season, also scored 2 goals and 2 assists for Tobacco Road FC.
5 Foster Langsdorf Forward Leads Stanford with 10 goals this fall, in addition to 3 assists in Pac-12 title-winning season. Also featured on back-to-back National Championship-winning teams.
6 Jeff Farina Forward Productive season with Notre Dame, scoring 6 goals and recording 5 assists, including 3 game-winners.
7 Marvin Hezel Defender Lead FIU defense while also scoring 3 goals and recording 1 assist in undefeated, C-USA-winning campaign. Helped FC Miami City to a playoff appearance in the summer.
8 Josh Morton Defender Has started 13 games in defense for California, including 5 shutouts, picking up an assist as well. Also featured in 11 matches in defense for the Burlingame Dragons FC this summer.
9 Christopher Lema Midifelder Has recorded 4 goals and 2 assists for Georgetown, including 2 game-winners, in 16 starts. Helped lead Red Bulls U23 to a division title with a goal and 2 assists in the summer.
10 Arthur Bosua Forward Leads Columbia in both goals and assists with 7 and 4 respectively. Also lead the Long Island Rough Riders with 6 goals and 2 assists, leading to a playoff appearance.

JUNIORS

Rank

Name

Position

College

PDL Team

Notables

1 Francis Atuahene Forward The No. 4 Top Prospect on the last list of 2017. Has recorded 5 goals, team-leading 4 game-winners for Michigan, winning Big Ten regular-season title. Helped lead the Michigan Bucks to a division title in 2017.
2 Tate Schmitt Forward The No. 6 Top Prospect in the last list of 2017. Has scored 7 goals and 3 assists for Louisville, tied for the team lead with 17 points. Has led FC Tucson to back-to-back division titles in 2016 and 2017.
3 Bradley Dunwell Midfielder The No. 3 Top Prospect on the last list of 2017. Has recorded 3 assists while starting every match for Wake Forest as the team won the ACC regular-season title. Has also led the Michigan Bucks to back-to-back division titles.
4 Ryan Williams Midfielder The No. 16 Top Prospect on the last list of 2017. Has scored 5 goals and has 12 assists, good for top-5 in the NAIA. Won the 2017 PDL Championship with the Charlotte Eagles.
5 Edward Opoku Forward Holds the team lead with 7 goals for Virginia in 2017, also recorded 3 assists and 3 game-winners for the Cavaliers.
6 Santiago Patino Forward The No. 27 Top Prospect on the last list of 2017. Has 12 goals, tied for second in NCAA DI, and 5 assists for FIU in unbeaten, CUSA winning season. 1.00 goals per game is best in DI and also led SIMA Aguilas to a division title in 2017.
7 James Pyle Goalkeeper The No. 21 Top Prospect on last list of 2017. Has had 1.00 GAA for UNC - Chapel Hill, with the team holding a perfect record in his starts. Won ACC Coastal Division and won 2017 PDL Championship with Charlotte Eagles with 0.71 GAA. 
8 Ryan Sierakowski Forward The No. 35 Top Prospect on last list of 2017. Team-leading 7 goals for Michigan State and 3 assists as well. Led the Spartans to an unbeaten Big Ten record. Also led Chicago FC United with six goals in PDL play.
9 Mitchell Osmond Defender Has scored three goals for Rio Grande while starting in center defense and winning River States Conference title. Made 2017 PDL Championship Final with Thunder Bay Chill and was named PDL Defender of the Year in 2017.
10 Alex Comsia Defender Has started all 17 matches in defense for UNC - Chapel Hill while leading to an ACC Coastal Division title. Made 7 appearances for North Carolina FC U23 in the summer.

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